Monday, April 10, 2017

San Francisco: The First Week










As of Friday, we've officially lived in this city one week! It's been super stressful getting here, but I love it so far. I'm OBSESSED with the Victorian Queen Anne style houses that are everywhere and still haven't stopped feeling breathless over the beautiful views all around. Right now we're staying in an AirBNB and we'll be moving into our permanent apartment on April 30th. It's sort of weird not having any of your things, living out of suitcase, and trying to somehow be "normal." Any sense of routine is just not working. I also can't really make anything or create art. I've been drawing a lot and I'm hoping to fill the rest of the void by checking out a museum or maybe a local sewing studio. 

Oh and P.S. If you're in the Viva La Frida Craft Swap, all partner info e-mails were sent out! E-mail me if you didn't receive yours themorosebee(at)gmail.com

Friday, March 31, 2017

Frida Fridays: Frida Mugs & Last Call Swap Sign Ups

I've been posting a lot of inspiration type images of items made by other people so I decided I wanted to get into making some Frida inspired items while we finish planning the swap partners and get to crafting for the Viva La Frida Swap instead. I decided to make some Frida mugs!


I knew I wanted to make one based on our Viva La Frida logo so I started with that! If you have a PYOP studio near you, they most likely will have most of the supplies listed for you to do something similar. 

I started with cutting out the logo to use a stencil and did a color wash of yellow and orange glaze over where the flowers would be. I did sort of a watercolor/splatter thing so some of the color ran down the back of the mug, but I kinda like it a little messy.



Using pink glaze and silkscreen medium, I used silkscreen flowers for her hair. Silkscreens on pottery are a super easy way to make intricate designs in seconds. You just need the medium to thicken up your glaze. I used the same materials with black glaze for the mugs shown later.




I also used carbonless transfer paper for one of Frida's most famous quotes! When I try and do things freehand, I often run out of space or don't plan it out well enough. Using transfer paper makes painting fancy quotes a breeze. I ended up making two quote mugs. One to have a set for the Frida logo and the other as a new travel mug.


I dropped them off at the local place in Austin and was super excited to pick them up! I almost *never* make any pottery just for fun (as opposed to for Made With Moxie) so I it was an exciting surprise!






I haven't decided exactly what to do with them yet. I might save one for my swap partner, but I won't know what they're likes/dislikes are for a few more days when we match everyone up! The last day to sign up for the Viva La Frida Swap is TOMORROW so don't delay! Also, don't forget to check out my swap co-host's blog for even more Frida inspiration!

ALL THE LINKS!
Viva La Frida Swap Sign Ups HERE
Lizette's Blog HERE
Bee Creative Swaps on Instagram HERE
Bee Creative Swaps Frida Pin Giveaway HERE
Bee Creative Swaps on Facebook HERE

Friday, March 24, 2017

Frida Fridays: Quilt Inspiration

Okay guys....so I pretty desperately want to make a Frida quilt. I haven't decided exactly what kind of quilt or what I want it to look like yet so I started digging around for some inspiration. Surprisingly, it took quite a big of digging to find these quilts! I was sure I would find all kinds of ideas on Pinterest or even Etsy, but it was harder than I though. The ones I did find were hard to find a source and most of these just link to an image as I couldn't find the blog or website of their makers. I'm genuinely stunned more Frida quilts don't exist!

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These last two aren't quilts, but are great inspiration for patterns! Neither of them link to anything which really bums be out as I wanna see more ideas from whoever made both of them! I wasn't quite thinking of doing a portrait, but they would make some awesome quilts.


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I haven't decided what my next step is yet, but I hope you find these images inspiring! As always, you can sign up for the Viva La Frida Swap HERE and don't forget to check out Lizette's blog HERE to see what her Frida Friday post is or to sign up for the giveaway!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Frida Fridays: My Etsy Favorites

Happy Frida Friday everyone! I'm here with your weekly dose of Frida inspiration! If you follow Bee Creative Swaps on Instagram then you've already seen a few of these. I may have even posted about some of these before, but I love them so much I still want them! Don't forget to check out what Lizette (she's got a great giveaway!) has posted about here and check out Bee Creative Swaps on Facebook

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Frida Friday: Last Year's Swap Recap

In honor of the Viva La Frida Swap that opened on Wednesday, every Friday Lizette and I will be posting Friday Frida Favorites where we'll feature our favorite Frida Kahlo inspired items, DIYs, swap inspiration, and whatever other items honoring the life of our favorite artist crosses our path. The goal is to give everyone lots of ideas for their swap creations and/or places to shop to Frida goodies and extras. We'll hopefully be posting every Friday until the swap is over. It's my favorite time of the year! To start it off, I decided to recap all the awesome things I was able to post about last year.

This is what I made last year for my swap partner. I'm still super happy with the outcome! Full post here.

I loved everything my partner made for me, but the little crocheted Frida doll is easily my favorite! It's hard to see in this picture, but she even has a little cigarette! To see all the precious details, check out the full post here.

I still think this is a great and easy to complete collection of DIYs! Maybe some of these can be your inspiration for this years swap. Full post here.

The Frida Books I checked out from the library! There are still so many more I want to read! Once we get to San Francisco, I will probably make heading to the library one of the first things I do so I can see what Frida books they have. Full post here.

This was easily one of my favorite posts I did from last year! To check out the whole thing and watch the video that still brings me to heres, click here.

My little Fridita! I'm still going strong with making dolls and haven't decided if I'll make a new one this year. Full post here.

Some of my favorite Frida inspired tattoos! Even though I already have a Frida tattoo, I ALWAYS think about getting another! Full post here.

I still would love to host a Frida themed party and this post of party items and ideas makes me want to do throw a party like...tomorrow. Full post here.

Looking back, I had such a great time last year and I can't wait to see what this year will bring! To see what Lizette posted, check out her blog here and to check out the Bee Creative Facebook for other amazing swap items from 2016 click here.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Viva La Frida Swap Is Open!


skip straight to the good stuff and sign up HERE or keep reading for more info

Incase you're wondering what this is all about, here are the details....

For the second year in a row this swap, brought to you by Bee Creative Swaps, honors the great Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. We are celebrating her life by creating and/or purchasing art and goods inspired by her.

This swap is perfect for everyone, even if you know nothing about Frida Kahlo. This is a great opportunity to learn about her. You have no time? No problem. You can buy Frida themed art work and goods instead. 

Emily from The Morose Bee and Lizette from CreativityLizette will be posting "Frida Fridays" on our blogs to help you out with some ideas and see how much Frida has inspired others.

Rules:

1. Sign up by April 1st, 2017.  

2. You'll receive details of your swap partner no later than April 15th. Feel free to say hi/hola via email, Instagram, Twitter, etc.

3. Create, gather, paint, construct shop for a Frida Kahlo themed gift, personalized for your swap partner based on their likes. Amount $25 - $30, not including shipping. We encourage shoppers to support independent local business. For example, sellers on Etsy.

4. Required Instagram photo check ins:
April 15th: mosaic photo check in
May 1st: materials check in
May 15th: sneak peak check in
June 1st: sneak peak check in
June 15th: a photo of your boxed up items, shipping receipt, or other proof of shipment.

You must post your Instagram photos on the account you list when you sign up. If you do not post your photo check ins and/or are not communicative with your partner, you will receive one e-mail reminder from Bee Creative Swaps. If you are still unresponsive or do not complete your photo check-ins, you will be removed from the swap. Please understand that our goal is for everyone to have an enjoyable swap experience and continued check-ins and communication help to guarantee that no one has a partner that is bailing on the swap.

5. Swap gifts should be in the mail no later than June 15th. The goal is everyone should be receiving, enjoying, and posting about their swaps leading up to the celebration of Frida's birthday in July. You *must* get tracking information and e-mail this information to Emily at themorosebee@gmail.com no later than June 16th.


Starting this Friday, Lizette and I will be posting weekly inspiration for your swapping adventures. I'm hoping to even work in a few original DIYs and Lizette always has great content! Check out her blog here. And don't forget to sign up before April 1st!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I'm Moving! An Etsy Wishlist

I announced it on Facebook, but haven't quite put it everywhere yet that I'm moving to San Francisco! It's going to be kind of a hectic couple of weeks until we get out there, but I can't help but have my eye on anything I see related to California or the Bay Area. I decided to make and share a little Etsy wishlist of some of my favorite things I've seen so far. 

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Happy Wednesday!